Same Sex Marriage

Government
4:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

If AG Won't Appeal Same Sex Marriage - Senator Seeks Law to Allow Third Party Appeal

A Republican state senator says he intends to file a bill that would permit a third-party to appeal a ruling that says Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

Sen. Dan Seum says if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to appeal Judge John Heyburn’s decision that nullifies the state’s ban on gay marriage, his bill would allow others to do so.

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Government
12:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Are Recognized in Kentucky at the Moment. Here's What That Means.

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage certificate.

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:32 pm

 Update 5:26 p.m.: Conway's Statement

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Government
9:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Judge to Soon Issue Final Opinion in Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Case

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 6:18 pm

A federal judge intends to issue on final ruling on whether Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages within the next day.

The action could mean that same-sex couples married outside of Kentucky would be officially recognized by the state immediately, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case—Bourke v. Beshear—said on Tuesday. But state Attorney General Jack Conway could appeal the case (he has 30 days) and then ask for a stay on recognizing out-of-state same-sex couples.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Stumbo Supportive of Heyburn Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he supports a federal judge's opinion that requires Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Stumbo doesn't think it will affect House elections this fall, where Democrats will defend a narrow 8-seat majority over Republicans.

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Government
4:32 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

How Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Began and Where It's Going

It was a very different time in 2004, politically and socially. George W. Bush was poised to sail into a second term in the White House. Hearings in Saddam Hussein’s war crimes trial began in earnest. And “Shrek 2” was making millions at the box office.

And Kentucky, along with 10 other states, voted to ban same-sex marriages. 

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Government
3:59 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Advocates Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Decision, But Some Expect an Appeal

Same-sex marriage advocates are celebrating today’s decision requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, but some don’t think it went far enough.

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Government
7:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

IL House Passes Same-Sex Marriage

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says his state is an example for the nation after the House approved legislation allowing same-sex marriage in the state.

The Democrat says he'll sign the bill when it gets to his desk.

He says Illinois is on the right side of history and took a stand for equal rights. The House approved the measure 61-54 Tuesday.

Quinn watched the floor debate which lasted more than two hours.

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Culture
6:42 am
Mon November 4, 2013

IL Clergy Send Letter Urging Marriage Equality

A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support gay marriage.

The letter has more than 300 signatures. It says allowing same-sex couples to marry is "morally just."

The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield this week and supporters of gay marriage hope the House will take up the bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate on Valentine's Day.

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Politics
7:36 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Thousands Expected At Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Rally

Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in today's "March on Springfield." The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

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Politics
6:42 am
Mon October 21, 2013

2014 Deadline Among Hurdles in Illinois Lawmaker Session

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Illinois lawmakers reconvene Tuesday to address pressing issues such as pension reform and same-sex marriage but those issues could be pushed off again because of a looming deadline for opponents to challenge sitting lawmakers in 2014.

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